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Product Overview

The new DeWALT 36 in. stand-on professional mower is designed for the most demanding landscapers. Stand-on functionality with large platform allows for quick on-and-off to remove mowing obstructions without much job interruption. The heavy-duty build quality and the largest rear and front wheels are best in class. The frame is matched with a premium pump and wheel motor transmission for heavy-duty use. The large, adjustable hip pad matches operator height for customized, all-day comfort. Built for total productivity and job site efficiency, this versatile mower has incredibly smooth controls and fast response times from the transmission for easy operation.

DeWALT Announced a New Cordless Mower and Battery System

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DeWALT has revealed their Ascent Series cordless mower, powered by a new PowerEquip battery system.

There are quite a few different products and technologies being introduced all at once, here’s a summary:

DeWALT Ascent Series: This will be a line of equipment that delivers a “total electric landscaping solution, with Smart technology designed to ease the transition from gas to electric.”

DeWALT PowerEquip: A new breed of battery will be needed to power the Ascent Series equipment. PowerEquip will be a battery subscription program that provides a customized battery supply to match real-world power needs.

DeWALT H-E-2: The new mower will feature a 60″ cutting deck and technology that “will take cut quality and performance to a new level.”

DeWALT GroundCommand: The web app will offer real-time and remote operational status of each machine.

The first Ascent Series cordless mower (C-60) will feature a H-E-2 high efficiency cutting deck, with 3 spindles, each with dual-blade technology and 4 cutting surfaces.

The 60″ deck is said to be engineered for easier airflow to help process and clear grass while avoiding clumping.

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PowerEquip consists of 60V 3.2kWh lithium ion batteries that can be swapped in and out of the equipment for all-day runtime.

DeWALT plans to offer a battery subscription program to help landscapers reduce upfront battery investments compared to purchasing batteries.

The subscription program will offer provide easy battery exchanges and support.

The Ascent mower can hold up to 5 batteries. Given the specs provided, that means each mower can pack up to a whopping 16kWh of energy on-board.

For comparison purposes, DeWALT’s largest cordless power tool battery to date, their FlexVolt 15Ah battery, holds 0.30 kWh of energy.

Thus, a single DeWALT PowerEquip battery has more than 10X the energy storage of a FlexVolt 15Ah battery.

With all of an Ascent mower’s battery slots filled, it can draw from more than 53X the energy storage of a single FlexVolt 15Ah battery.

Or, an Ascent mower can be equipped with the Li-ion battery-powered energy capacity of 160 18V/20V Max 5Ah batteries.

With this in mind, the battery subscription program sounds like a good idea.

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The first Ascent Series mower, the C-60, will have 2-in-1 crossover functionality where operators can convert it from a standing mower to a sit-down mower and back.

A sit-only model, R-60, will also be available.

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DeWALT says that their PowerEquip batteries can be charged in multiple ways to ensure that landscapers never run out of power on the job.

They mention that there will be a charging trailer, a wall-mounted charger, and a charging cart that allows for easy battery swapping in the field.

Is this the tech that professional landscapers have been waiting for?

Many brands have expressed interest in “electrifying” the commercial landscaping industry, but the battery technology has not gotten there yet. Most landscapers today still largely rely on gasoline-engine equipment.

The new Ascent Series and PowerEquip products are set to debut in Fall 2023.

Is this a glimpse at the future of professional landscaping equipment? What else might DeWALT’s massively powerful PowerEquip batteries power?


Is this backwards compatible with my impact driver? Changing the battery every few days has become tiresome.

You might want to wait on using these batteries. Watch this YouTube video showing this mower catch on fire at the Equip Expo: YouTube Video

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Surprise! That’s a big development. Interesting that DeWALT came out with what must be an MX Fuel competitor, but targeted a completely different audience. With the kind of capacity that mower is packing it seems like it ought to be able to achieve beyond-gas power.

It’s not surprising that DeWALT chose a different market to launch their own version of MX sized batteries. A lot of the stuff on the MX platform has a relatively small market. And I would imagine by now that they’ve already pretty heavily saturated it. Sure people will keep buying as their gas powered stuff hits end of life. But the early adopters and people that needed electric versions have mostly made the jump already. Better to launch in a new category with a wide open market full of people looking to ditch gas powered equipment due to all the noise and emissions regulations that are popping up all over the place. Makes a much bigger splash then just starting to make similar stuff to a competitor that has owned the market for a couple of years.

Figured that something like this would happen after SBD acquired MTD. Wonder if DeWALT will branch out into other markets with the PowerEquip platform.

This is in no way an MX Fuels competitor. These DeWALT 60v batteries with 3200 watt have massive capacities. The MX Fuel 72v batteries top out at 432 watt hours. A single DeWALT battery has the energy of 7.4 MX Fuel packs. The large one. 15 of the smaller packs.

It’s not lost on me that these DeWALT batteries leapfrogged MX Fuel’s capacity, but I still think it’s a competitor. I suspect Milwaukee will “make do” with their smaller batteries, but it won’t limit them from reaching into the same space as DeWALT. E.g. maybe Milwaukee won’t have the headspace to make behemoth mowers with their smaller battery, but if Milwaukee wanted to make a zero turn mower, doesn’t it seem likely they would base it off the MX Fuel platform – or are you thinking there’s another platform in Milwaukee’s future?

Just based on these numbers, I don’t see how MX could possibly compete here. They’re just leagues apart.

Milwaukee will have to make do with MX Fuel and its inherent limitations, just as Milwaukee has had to make do with M18 and its inherent limitations. Milwaukee has had plenty of success in making do with M18 and its inherent limitations, but I doubt that Milwaukee will have such similar success in the now thoroughly matured lithium-ion battery tool and equipment market. It’s no longer just TTI and SBD on the block. There are plenty of Chinese companies like Chervon, Greenworks, etc. ready to eat TTI’s lunch. —- M12/M18 aren’t going to cut it for the commercial OPE sector. The M18 mower is barely relevant to commercial OPE. I see pros using stand-on ZTRs mainly. That’s why Greenworks is working on stand-on ZTRs, as well as DeWALT. Ego probably is, too, behind the scenes for now. The old Greenworks stand-on ZTR also has 16,000 watt-hours of energy onboard. Identical to the new DeWALT. The new Greenworks 48″, 52″, and 60″ ZTRs (introduced 2 days ago at Green Expo) have 18,000 watt-hours of energy or 24,000 watt-hours of energy on board. The smaller 32″ and 36″ ZTRs have 8,000 watt-hours of energy on board. In short: It really looks like 16,000 watt-hours of energy is a sort of baseline or benchmark for commercially viable ZTRs. Milwaukee has a few options here if they’re actually looking to expand into commercial OPE. Not only does Milwuakee lack a viable ZTR but they also lack a truly commercial-grade chainsaw. Their 16″ chainsaw is a pittance compared to what’s available to OPE professionals on other platforms. 1) Multiple MX Fuel batteries. Largest MX Fuel battery has a capacity of only 432 watt hours. To get to 16,000 watt-hours they will need 37 of the larger MX Fuel packs, or 74 of the smaller packs. 2) Ignore larger ZTRs altogether and FOCUS on smaller mowers. 8000 watt-hours can be delivered by a mere 18 MX Fuel batteries. 3) Ignore ZTRs altogether and just FOCUS on pushing their 999 21″ self-propelled lawn mower.

Keep in mind dewalts is actually 54v. Or you could say milwaukee MX is 82v “MAX” That’s probably why DeWALT didn’t try on milwaukees platform area, it would be a HARD battle higher voltage usually means less heat for a given output. I use both DeWALT and milwaukee 50/50 but no mx stuff. All of my DeWALT big items are 60v like the cutoff saw wormdrive and angle grinder.

I don’t think these are really the same category as MX Fuel. These packs seem very specifically for large stand-alone equipment, not anything handheld (maybe some backpack tools) whereas MX Fuel still supports a bunch of large handheld tools. MX Fuel seems to lineup more with FlexVolt (x2 for larger semi-portable tools).

This is the future and DeWALT is getting there. The cafe subscription is a great idea for someone like me that doesn’t know what I need. Well written article!

That’s not what the subscription program is for – the subscription sounds like a battery leasing or incremental payment type of program to me.

Subscription/lease screams to me “the sticker shock of buying it outright would kill people” and so they’re going for a Total-Cost-of-Ownership angle instead.

Looking at online reports of this, its NOT the electric, its the Kawasaki gas powered unit. Hot gas motor, a ton of hay, you have a chance of fire.

A post a ProToolReviews does list it as the prototype electric that burst into flames. So conflicting information, but its looking like the Electric unit is the one on fire.

They pulled the press release from their website. And their seems to be a good amount of first hand witnesses saying it was indeed the new battery mower.

I get that, I was saying the joke more accurately would have been: “We are happy to announce the release of our new battery platform coming in Twenty Twenty Thr.… …Four!!”

I just want a basic push mower that uses two regular 60v batteries to cut my yard. Their regular mower is not that great, only 20×2 volt and I’m waiting for an updated model. Because when my 15 year old gas powered breaks down I will probably be getting a Ryobi, which I’d rather not do since I’m on the DeWALT system. I’m probably going to stick with gas for a few more years unless some super deal comes along. I don’t even do proper maintenance at all and that thing just keeps running. I waited 14 years to change the oil the first time haha. Boy was that oil black. The reason for the subscription service on those batteries is because they are going to cost thousands of dollars a piece. I’ll tell you one thing DeWALT better hope they got it right for this large of an investment. If they did not get it right, the public will find out. The reviewers had better need to nitpick to find complaints.

DeWALT DCMW220X2C 20V Max Brushless 20″ 3 in 1 Cordless Lawn Mower Kit (Includes (2) 20V Max 9.0ah Batteries, Charger, Mulching Plug, and Collection Bag)

2X 20-Volt MAX DeWALT 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower is powered by 2 DCB609 9.0 Ah FLEXVOLT batteries to deliver 2X the voltage. The high-output brushless motor delivers powerful performance and increases torque in high overgrowth. The lawn mower’s 3-in-1 capability allows for mulching, bagging or rear clipping discharge. It is perfect for properties up to 1/4 acre. For optimal performance, the battery-powered lawn mower can be paired with high capacity 20-Volt MAX DeWALT batteries or FLEXVOLT batteries for extended runtime and maximum compatibility across DeWALT battery systems. This cordless lawn mower is designed to help you get the job done with a 20 in. metal deck, quick and easy single lever height adjustment and folding handles for compact upright storage.

Manufacturer’s Part Number: DCMW220X2C

Cover more ground with less effort with commercial lawn mowers from DeWALT. Built for the most demanding jobs, the DeWALT line of products includes durable electric and gas-powered mowers that deliver a precision cut to enhance the look of any property.

Do Videos Show a DeWALT Electric Mower Catching on Fire?

We received inquiries from readers who were looking for more details about the videos. how about those emissions.” We reached out to a media contact on DeWALT’s website with several questions.

The company sent back a brief statement, which was also reported by the Lawn Landscape blog: A prototype of one of DeWALT’s new Ascent mowers caught fire during the Equip Exposition last week in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here is the company’s statement: “We are grateful that no one was injured. We are working quickly to determine the cause of the issue with this single pre-production prototype unit and will provide further information when available.”

According to the DeWALT website. the company’s Ascent Series mowers are indeed electric (battery-powered), commercial-grade products. The page promoting the mowers displayed, “Coming Fall 2023,” which meant that the series wasn’t set to be released for around a year.

Cracks me up how when an EV catches fire, it’s all frontpage news, like gasoline never catches on fire.

We Tested the Makita XML03 Lawn Mower: Is This Battery Powered Mower Enough for Your Yard?

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Maintaining a regular mowing schedule is vital to achieving lush and healthy turfgrass. However, a battery-powered lawn mower is worth considering if you prefer a quieter and eco-friendly option to loud gas-powered mowers. I have plenty of experience with lawn mowers, but until now, they’ve all been gas-powered models. I put off buying a battery-powered electric lawn mower because many models are pricey, plus I had my doubts that the batteries would last long enough to mow my entire yard. I was wrong.

Thanks to constant improvements in rechargeable batteries, manufacturers like Makita—an industry leader in battery-operated tools and appliances—are producing some of today’s best battery-powered lawn mowers. I’ve used dozens of Makita cordless tools over the years, and I’ve come to know the brand for its high-quality workmanship and cutting-edge technology. Recently, I got the chance to test a Makita lawn mower—the XML03, an 18-inch model—in my own yard. Over 3 weeks, I mowed a large section of my yard (about ⅓ acre) six times—twice per week—with the XML03. Keep reading to find out how the Makita mower fared in my hands-on testing and learn the features I liked best, plus a couple I wish Makita would consider changing.

The Makita XML03 Brushless Cordless 18-Inch Lawn Mower: At a Glance

  • Eco-friendly battery power eliminates the need for carbon-producing gas and oil
  • Quieter than fuel-powered mowers—early morning mowing won’t bother neighbors
  • 4 batteries included with purchase; when 1 set runs down, swap in a charged set
  • Handle located in front of mower for easy (and safe) lifting
  • Simple push-button start—no cords to pull or pumps to prime
  • Fold-down handles reduce storage-space requirements in a garage or shed
  • Relatively narrow 18-inch swath width can make it time-consuming to mow large yards
  • The Makita XML03 is not self-propelled and can be challenging to push on inclines
  • Grass-clipping bag is on the small side and may require frequent dumping

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What is the Makita lawn mower?

The Makita XML03 is a battery-powered lawn mower with an 18-inch-wide cutting swath. The mower’s relatively narrow swath width puts it in the category of a small-to-medium yard mower. Makita claims the four batteries, which are included, will mow up to ⅓ acre on a single charge. However, the XML03 is not a self-propelled mower, so the actual area it will mow will depend on how quickly you push the mower and how thick the grass is. The Makita lawn mower has a detachable grass-catching bag and an optional mulching attachment. The bag holds up to 1.7 bushels (16 gallons) of grass clippings, and I emptied the bag an average of six times every time I mowed the test area.

The XML03 features a single mowing blade that spins at up to 3,300 revolutions per minute (rpm). That’s right in-line with gas-powered mowers that typically range between 2,800 and 3,600 rpm. But rpm also depends on resistance—because the thicker or higher the grass, the more resistance the blade will run into, which can slow down the spinning speed. This is also a factor with gas-powered mowers but to a lesser extent. The best mowing practice for any lawn is to cut no more than ⅓ of the grass blade. This will require mowing more frequently during spring and early summer when grass grows the quickest. Cutting ⅓ of the grass blade or less puts less strain on a mower, and it’s better for the health of the grass.

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How long do the batteries last when mowing with the Makita lawn mower?

One of my goals when testing the Makita lawn mower was to see if it would meet the manufacturer’s claim of mowing ⅓ acre without stopping for recharging of the batteries. The XML03 runs on two 18-volt batteries simultaneously, giving it the equivalent of 36 volts of power. The batteries that come with the mower are 4.0 amp hours (Ah), which are considered mid-to-high capacity batteries.

Before each mowing test, I fully charged all four batteries. In all but one of the six times I mowed, the batteries not only lasted long enough for me to finish cutting the test area, but I also still had some leftover charge according to the battery indicator on the handle. The only time I could not mow the entire test area—a 130-feet-long by 112-feet-wide section—was when the grass was still damp from an overnight rain shower. Even the best cordless lawn mowers are typically a bit less powerful than gas-powered mowers.

The XML03 has a brushless motor, which helps with both power and battery runtime, but remember that lithium-ion batteries lose power over time. For the best battery life, always charge the batteries completely before use. In addition, remove batteries from the charger when they’re fully charged, which is better for battery health.

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Is the grass-cutting height on the Makita lawn mower adjustable?

Nearly nothing could be simpler than adjusting the mowing height on the XML03. It features a universal adjustment lever on the back right wheel. I found it easy to use the height-adjustment lever to raise or lower the mower’s deck height as needed. While adjusting the height is easy, however, this is also where I feel Makita could have done a little better. The XML03 cuts as low as 13/16 inch and as high as 3 inches. The lowest height adjustment works well for the buffalo grass I have planted in the front of my yard, but I also have tall fescue growing in another area, and I like to keep it mowed at 3½ inches. Still, 2½ to 3 inches is a typical height for many types of grass, so not being able to raise the deck height to 3½ inches wasn’t a deal breaker for me.

A gas-powered mower will run as long as you have gasoline to dump in the tank. The Makita XML03 will run as long as the batteries retain a charge. Buying an extra set of Makita batteries will increase overall runtime, so if you need to mow more than ⅓ acre at one time, consider investing in another set or two of Makita 18-volt rechargeable batteries.

The last couple of gas mowers I owned came with start buttons, but they stopped working after a few months, and I had to pull the starter cord to get the engines to fire. The Makita lawn mower has the easiest start of all—I just turned on the mower from the control panel on the handle, pushed the button, and the motor started right up. There’s no need to repeatedly pull a start cord, and no smoke or fumes.

The most significant differences between the Makita lawn mower and traditional gas mowers are noise and pollution. A conventional gas mower can generate up to 95 decibels of noise—anything over 85 decibels may damage hearing. Many electric mowers top out around 75 decibels, but according to my decibel tester, the Makita XML03 generated even less noise—about 71 decibels. For comparison, a typical vacuum cleaner generates about 70 decibels.

There’s no question that a battery-powered lawn mower is more eco-friendly. There’s no gasoline to buy or store (a fire hazard), plus there are no toxic fumes emitted as you mow. The sustainability value alone is reason enough for me to consider switching to a more eco-friendly way to mow.

How easy is the Makita lawn mower to maneuver?

The Makita XML03 is not a self-propelled mower, so I had to push it along physically. That said, I didn’t find it too difficult to push. The wheels roll smoothly, but it’s strictly a mower for a flat yard. I tried pushing it up and down slopes as well as horizontally along the sides of slopes. Mowing down a slope was super easy, but pushing the mower up an incline was challenging, to say the least.

Mowing horizontally on an incline was less demanding, but like most mowers, the XML03 tended to slip downward as I mowed. Although the XML03 isn’t self-propelled, some battery-powered lawn mowers are, such as the DeWALT 2X20V MAX that another Bob Vila product-testing team member recently tested.

Making uniform back-and-forth turns was easy, but I discovered something as I was mowing the test area—the Makita lawn mower doesn’t leave noticeable wheel stripes in the lawn. I guessed this was due to its relatively light weight—63.3 pounds with batteries—compared to my gas-powered mowers, which weigh closer to 100 pounds. Less weight on the tires leaves less of a track behind in the grass.

Maneuvering isn’t only about pushing and turning a mower; it’s also about how easy it is to clean out from under the mowing deck and sharpen the blade. It was nice to tip the Makita lawn mower over on its side to access the underside without oil draining out of a tank (like a gas mower). I was cautious about removing the batteries before tipping it over. Included with the mower, Makita sent along a T wrench that fits the nut that holds the blade in place. That’s a nice perk that I’ll appreciate when sharpening or replacing the blade.

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Should you buy a battery-powered Makita lawn mower?

Before buying the Makita lawn mower, or any battery-powered mower, consider a few things. While the XML03 sells for a reasonable 399 at a handful of retailers, many battery-powered mowers are significantly more expensive than comparable gas-powered ones. Makita can keep the price down on the XML03 by offering a narrow (18-inch) swatch width and omitting a self-propulsion feature. This is an excellent option for when I need to mow early in the morning without waking up the rest of the family and for reducing my carbon footprint.

It takes a little bit more energy and strength to push a nonpropelled mower, but I found that by mowing frequently—so the grass wasn’t too high between mowings—and by cutting only when the grass was dry, the mowing process was pretty enjoyable. However, if you’re not thrilled about pushing a mower, this might not be the best lawn mower for you. The XML03 is among the smaller electric mowers available. However, it’s perfect for those who are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions while still having a perfectly manicured lawn.

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Glenda Taylor is a seasoned product tester and writer focusing on construction, remodeling, and DIY home improvement. As a general contracting company co-owner with experience in residential and commercial building applications, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reviews. She tests and reviews a wide range of products, including power tools, household appliances, and lawn-and-garden products to help consumers make informed decisions.